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We here at The Sports Brief have decided to combine our individual UFC Rankings into one mega-power ranking that will be updated monthly.  As of right now this is our list of Top 10 fighters in each of the weight classes recognized by the UFC.  There is a great chance however, that after the unbelievably stacked Affliction card in July, which features such fighters as Fedor, Sylvia, Barnett, Rizzo, Lil Nog, Vitor Belfort, Arlovski, Matt Lindland, Babalu, and others we may change formats to an all MMA Ranking.  But for now here are the best fighters that the UFC have to offer.

 

Heavyweight:

 

1. Randy Couture

2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

3. Fabricio Werdum

4. Brandon Vera

5. Frank Mir

6. Heath Herring

7. Cheick Kongo

8. Gabriel Gonzaga

9. Brock Lesnar

10. Shane Carwin

 

Couture is still our champ, so he is number one.  The departures of Andrei and Big Tim really hurt this weight class, where a fighter who is 0-1 in the octagon can be ranked 9.  Vera doesn’t fall much due to what we thought was an early stoppage vs. Werdum. 

 

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Light Heavyweight:

 

1. Quinton Jackson

2. Chuck Liddell

3. Lyoto Machida

4. Forrest Griffin

5. Wanderlei Silva

6. Maurcio ‘Shogun’ Rua

7. Thiago Silva

8. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou

9. Keith Jardine

10. Rashad Evans

 

This division is tough to figure out since everyone has beaten everyone.  I (Keefe) really like Shogun still, but his inactivity and loss to Forrest drop him to 6.  You can make a number of intriguing match ups here.  Rampage vs. Forrest finally comes next month.  And one of the biggest questions for this weight class still remains, what organization will former champ Tito Ortiz sign with? 

 

Middleweight:

 

1. Anderson Silva

2. Dan Henderson

3. Rich Franklin

4. Yushin Okami

5. Patrick Cote

6. Ricardo Almeida

7. Nathan Marquardt

8. Thales Leites

9. Chris Leben

10. Michael Bisping

 

Knocking on the door: Jason MacDonald, Nathan Quarry, Damain Maia

 

Like Tom Hanks, Anderson Silva is in a league of his own.  He owns dominant victories over everyone he has faced in the UFC including close to half of this top 10.  Rumors of a Spider vs. Iceman fight linger, and we wouldn’t object to that.  Henderson against Franklin would be intriguing, but what do you do with the winner?  Hendo/ Silva II or Franklin/ Silva III?  Don’t think so. 

 

Welterweight:

 

1. Georges St. Pierre

2. Jon Fitch

3. Thiago Alves

4. Josh Koscheck

t-5. Matt Hughes

t-5. Matt Serra

7. Diego Sanchez

8. Karo Parisyan

9. Mike Swick

10. Marcus Davis

 

Alves didn’t make weight, but still the performances against Karo and Hughes vault him up the leaderboard.  GSP fights Fitch for the title in August.  Mike Swick looked very comfortable at 170 against Davis, and let’s hope we still see Hughes vs. Serra.

 

Lightweight:

 

1. BJ Penn

2. Sean Sherk

3. Joe Stevenson

4. Kenny Florian

5. Roger Huerta

6. Tyson Griffin

7. Clay Guida

8. Frankie Edgar

9. Nate Diaz

10. Gray Maynard

 

Knocking at the door: Spencer Fisher, Matt Wiman, Rich Clementi

 

Similar to the middleweight division it’s a one man weight class.  B.J. Penn cemented himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA after blowing through Sherk.  Huerta vs. Ken-Flo is upcoming, but does Penn fight the winner or GSP?  It’s shaping up to be a pretty deep division, solid Top 10 with good honorable mentions.  Yes, we showed “Some Love” to Rich Clementi.

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